United in Prayer for Peace
Twentieth Thanksgiving Interfaith Service
San Fernando Cathedral
San Antonio, TX, USA
Tears and Ashes
6:00 - 9:00pm EST
Living Arts Centre
Toronto, ON, Canada
Granthis for Today & Tomorrow
Webinar ID: 663307904
Liv Sikhi Webinar
11:00 am - 12:30 pm CST
Inspiring Gurmat: In You & Your Family
1:00 - 2:00pm EST
Gurdwara Makhan Shah Lubana
Richmond Hill, NY, USA
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Fall UK Tour
The first week of November, Harinder Singh conducted a tour through the UK where he spoke at various forums and Gurduaras, as well as appearing on multiple media platforms for interviews.
On 1 November, the event schedule kicked off with an interview on the Sikh Channel with host Sukhwinder Singh Sukhi on the topic, "November 1984: Delhi Genocide." The next day, he headed to Kings College in London for a related talk, "November 1984: Sikh Pogroms in India." On 3 November he moved to the Royal Asiatic Society in London for the talk, "Sikhs, Sovereignty, and Clashes with Rulers of South Asia."
4 November was a day of interviews, with a session on BBC Asia on the 1984 Genocides, and an appearance on the Savi Sikhs Show. After the interviews, there was a live appearance at the Siri Guru Singh Sabha in Southall on "Gurduara: Governance and Programs."
The next day, there was a talk on "Reviving the Gurduara," at the Siri Guru Singh Sabha Park Avenue in Southhall. Additionally, there was an event in London on 5 November, "The Guru: Connecting with the Divine Light." The final day, 6 November, Harinder Singh wrapped up the tour with "1984: Attempted Suppression of a Nation" at the Gurdwara Guru Tegh Bahadur in Leicester.
SikhRI would like to thank all of our coordinators, hosts, organizers, and sponsors who made this trip such a success. We look forward to seeing you again in the future!
Over the weekend of 22-23 October, Jasmine Kaur was in the Seattle-area facilitating three training sessions. On the 22, there was a teacher training which about 50 educators attended. The session covered three topics: "Jot & Jugat: Prophet Genius of the 10 Gurus," "Leadership Values: Imparting Sikh Ideals," and "The Effective Educator," which emphasized techniques for imparting the values of the Gurus in classroom activities and lessons.
The next day, there was a K-12 workshop on "Seva: Attitude and Accountability" at the Gurdwara Singh Sabha of Washington which 25 teenagers attended. Later, she spoke to about 500 members of the Gurdwara sangat on the state of Sikhi education and how cooperation and collaboration are key to creating dynamic classrooms where students leave "Sikhi literate."
Earlier that week, on 19 October, Harinder Singh was also in Seattle where he presented the talk "Envisioning Begampura: Strategy and Development" at the B.R. Ambedkar Sikh Foundation in Seattle. The talk covered topics such as "Dalit of Mulnivasi" and explored the factors of demographics, the Sikhi stance and model, and strategies for organizing and development.
Weekends in BC
Over the last two weekends in October, Harinder Singh and Jasmine Kaur were in the Vancouver BC area facilitating presentations, leading workshops, and giving interviews on radio and TV. On 23 October, Harinder Singh appeared on the Dilaan Di Sanjh show with Kuldip Singh which aired on Sher-e-Punjab. On the 24th, Harinder Singh was also interviewed on OMNI TV.
Besides the interview, the 23rd was packed with events around town. At the Gurdwara Dashmesh Darbar, there was a talk on Bhai Buddha ji. Then, there was a presentation on "A Nation at the Crossroads: Turning Despair into Action" at the Sikh Academy in Surrey. Also in Surrey, later that evening, there was a Saneha community-building session on the topic of "Sevadar: Becoming an Inspiring Activist."
The following weekend, on the 29th, about 120 parents and kids attended the workshop "The Environment: Recognizing Creator in Creation," which Jasmine Kaur facilitated. The workshop was run twice, with each iteration tailored to the different age group in attendance. Later that day, she presented a workshop session for 15 parents on the topic, "Nurturing Your Sikh Child." All three events were held at the Progressive Intercultural Community Service in Surrey.
There were two Liv webinars facilitated in the last month. The first, "Why I Continue to Fight?" was presented by Harvinder Singh Phoolka on 29 October to an online audience of 51 people. The webinar examined what it takes to spearhead a legal crusade for justice for victims of the 1984 anti-Sikh pogroms. Topics included: an overview of current issues, how to get involved, a discussion of the role of civil society in justice, and an update on pending cases.
If you missed this webinar when it aired live, you can watch the archived recording on our Vimeo page.
On 19 November, 74 people attended a webinar presented by Jasmine Kaur on the topic "Creating Confident Kaurs," which discussed, from an educator's perspective, the barriers to gender equality that still exist in educational environments today. The in-depth presentation covered the Guru's directives toward gender equality and looked to gurbani to illustrate the "divine beyond gender." There was a discussion of practical ways to teach equitably. These tips included evaluating the way that educators convey their expectations for each student, how to be gender-conscious in the feedback given out in the classroom, and tips for providing response opportunities for all students.
Additionally, there was a thorough discussion of accessible tools for the classroom and home for the gender-conscious educator. She also illustrated techniques for employing gender-neutral translations, and explored the difference that inclusive language can make in students' attitudes.
You can watch "Creating Confident Kaurs" today if you weren't able to attend the presentation!
Keeping History Alive in NY
On 29 & 30 October, Harinder Singh presented two events in Richmond Hill, NY, at the Gurdwara Sikh Cultural Society. The first, "Nation At A Crossroads: Turning Despair into Action," was attended by 200 people, and the second, "Martyrs of Conscience" was attended by 100. You can watch video of the "Nation" talk here.
Sun & Lion in MA
On 13 November, Inderpreet Singh presented at the Medford Gurdwara in Medford, MA, on the topic "Sun & Lion: Guru Nanak Sahib" as part of the Gurpurab celebrations that week. The talk compared Guru Nanak to the sun, without which there is no life, and the lion, which roars in a mighty voice, announcing his presence and scaring away the tiny and timid who could never compete.
Sikh Research Institute exists to serve the community's education needs. As we strive to fulfill our mission of empowerment through education, we cannot be successful without the endless support of volunteers. Thank you to all of our volunteers this month who continue to inspire us with their strength, dedication, and passion!Administration and Teachers of Gurmat Khalsa School of Renton, Baljinder Kaur, Bhajan Singh Bhinder, Deepika Sawhney, Gurudwara Guru Tegh Bahadur Leicester, Gurinder Singh, Gurinder Singh Mana, Gurvinder Singh, Harjot Kaur, Harvinder Singh Phoolka, Jagdeep Singh, Jasmine Kaur, Jotinder Singh, Jyoti Landhar, Kirpa Kaur, Lali Pawa, Manjit Singh, Manpreet Singh Jassal, Microsoft Sikhs, Parminder Kaur, Rajinder Singh, Progressive Intercultural Community Service, Sikhs & The City, Sri Guru Singh Sabha Southall, and Tripat Singh.